This 192-year-old Somerset firm has had a tough time in Britain and America over the past two years — a period in which other UK shoe retailers including Brantano have gone into administration. Clarks kept turnover steady last year; the 8% growth to £1.7bn shown in its accounts is mainly due to currency fluctuations. A new group chief executive arrived in September: Mike Shearwood, 54, who joined from Karen Millen.
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